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The Practice of Embodying Emotions

A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 | 
March, 2022
ISBN:
9781623174774
Quantity: 
3
$28.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From a therapist/senior trainer in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing program, here’s an introduction to a new science-based somatic psychotherapy that effectively relieves emotional difficulties, regulates behavior, and improves wellbeing.

Developed by author and psychologist Raja Selvam, Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) is an effective somatic therapy that helps clients achieve optimal mental health by fully embodying their emotions. Drawing from research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and body psychotherapy, Selvam describes how the body can be used as a vehicle for affective processing to alleviate suffering, regulate behavior, and enhance memory, language, and thinking.

You will learn concrete skills to help clients build tolerance for all feelings—especially uncomfortable ones—skills that can also be used for self-help to navigate life's inevitable challenges. Selvam describes four steps of emotional embodiment work:

  • Situation, which links context to affective response.
  • Emotion, which fosters discovery and acceptance of feelings.
  • Expansion/Regulation, expanding emotions in brain and body to improve affect tolerance
  • Integration, tending to physical, energetic, cognitive, and behavioral benefits of embodiment.

For everyone, I highly recommend that you start the practice of embodying emotion with yourself and others as soon as you start reading this book. We are generating emotions all the time, and difficult emotional experiences, big and small, are a daily occurrence. So what are you waiting for? If you are reluctant to start to expand an unpleasant emotional experience in your body, start with a pleasant experience as a trial run...

 

Working with your emotions by yourself can go only so far. All of us need emotional support from time to time, from at least one other person, to resolve our emotions. Nature has just set it up that way. It is easier and quicker to process emotions with the support of others than on one's own.

ISP can be used as a complementary approach by therapists in all modalities who may be looking for innovative, research-backed ways to help patients self-regulate and enjoy a wider range of emotional experiences. The book includes free online resources of demonstration sessions of emotional embodiment work. See integralsomaticpsychology.com.

"Don't miss this book! A valuable guide for therapists and interested folks alike... The concept of sensorimotor emotions is a unique and much-needed contribution to the field of human consciousness." —Ian Macnaughton, psychotherapist and author of Body, Breath & Consciousness

 

Publisher’s Description: 

An introduction to a new science-based somatic psychotherapy that effectively relieves emotional difficulties, regulates behavior, and improves wellbeing.

Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) is an easy-to-learn therapeutic modality developed by author and psychologist Dr. Raja Selvam, who believes optimal mental health relies on our ability to fully embody our emotions. Drawing on neuroscience, body-psychotherapy, somatic psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, Selvam describes how our bodies can be used as vehicles for affective processing, thereby alleviating mental suffering while regulating behavior and enhancing memory, language, and critical thinking.

Clinicians will learn capacity-building skills to teach their clients, like how to tolerate all feelings (especially the uncomfortable ones) while navigating life's inevitable challenges. Selvam describes what he sees as four new categories of emotional embodiment work:
Situation, which links context to affect response.
Emotion, which fosters acceptance of emotions.
Expansion/Regulation, connecting brain and body to expand emotional tolerance.
Integration, where attention is used for bolstering bodily and energetic stability.

ISP has been tested internationally and shown to shorten the average treatment times for most patients. It can be used either as a primary or complementary approach for therapists of any orientation who may be looking for innovative ways to help their patients self-regulate and enjoy a wider range of emotional experiences.

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